A Message from President Eli Capilouto

Dr. Eli Capilouto,
University of Kentucky President

We are doing something extraordinary—something that you make possible through your enduring commitment to our community and our work.

We believe that, together, the Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign will be regarded as a transformational comprehensive campaign for the University of Kentucky and the state we serve. 

The campaign will position the University to achieve more for our students, our state, and the world beyond our borders.

The University’s $2.1 billion capital campaign will show the world what Kentucky can do.

We were founded for the people of Kentucky. We are the heartbeat of Kentucky’s economy—the force that creates healthier communities and the spirit that guides us and pushes us further.

As part of the UK family, we share an uncommon commitment to this mission, marked by persistence in the face of adversity; a desire to never dream too little dreams; and a shared sense of generosity of spirit toward those who are a part of this family, the UK Family.

Through this campaign, we will expand our reach as a catalyst for people to thrive so we can collectively improve the quality of life in Kentucky and beyond. This work will include:

  • Investing further in scholarships that cultivate the best and brightest minds on our campus and equip students to be productive contributors to the Commonwealth.
  • Building our endowment to attract and retain top faculty, create innovative programs, and address the complex questions of our day.
  • Enhancing and expanding our research enterprise so the UK family can forge new discoveries, making UK a source of world-class outcomes.

You are an essential part of this story. You are helping us write the next chapter.

Because of you, Kentucky can improve lives right here in our state.

Because of you, Kentucky can ease suffering, create smarter communities, and prepare graduates for lives of meaning and purpose.

We take seriously how important this University is to our state. Now is our time to do even more for our Commonwealth.

Together, we will show the world—and the Commonwealth we serve—what Kentucky can do.